Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is well underway, taking place over October 16 – October 21, 2018. While the dates are important, there are far more impressive numbers. Looking at ADE by the digits, it’s easy to understand why the event is the Mecca of techno and various other dance-driven genres.
For starters, there’s a whopping 2,500 artists slotted to perform over four days. These are artists from 73 total countries, set to play at more than 140 locations in Amsterdam through this Sunday. The majority of these artists are from the Netherlands (717) and from the UK (304). According to official numbers, 10% of the artists hail from Germany and just 7% are from the US and Italy.
600 of these account for techno artists and 400 are classified as house, but ADE made sure to include all sorts of genres of electronic music this year. EDM is undoubtedly massive, but ADE only devoted 11% of its lineup to such acts. Hardstyle is represented by 31 artists who make up 1.5% of the total lineup.
The stars of ADE including Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, R3HAB, Modestep, Noisia are currently taking over. Lest we forget, Hardwell will play a farewell set before he retires from touring, which will be live streamed for the world to see during ADE 2018.
Get more from the annual music report here.